Movie Review: Honeymoon (2014)


Directed by Leigh Janiak, in her directorial debut, Honeymoon is a 2014 sci-fi horror film. Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) is Bea, who along with her new husband Paul (Harry Treadaway) are spending their honeymoon at the new bride’s old family home, in a secluded woodland in northern Canada. After one night of uncharacteristic sleepwalking, Bea begins to show a change in attitude, which leaves Paul questioning just what is happening, and if the person he is with is even still his wife.

+ Rose Leslie was simply fantastic in showing her slow transformation from newlywed to something… else. Her timing when clarifying her odd word usage, and sometimes subtle facial expressions made it difficult to piece together what was going on in the same was as her husband
+ Harry Treadaway as Paul, who took the brunt of the mood swings and weirdness, was also incredibly well acted. The descent into madness over the (maybe all in his head) changes in his wife were heartbreaking to watch. I mean, who among us wouldn’t want to protect Rose Leslie?
+ the very small cast (four people, only two of which are given much focus) and the limited locations did only good things for the atmosphere. Just as we are starting to feel familiar with the couple and their honeymoon housing, things start to change

– the ending is not entirely unsubtle, but still leaves that tiny bit of lingering doubt. The more I think about it, the more I want to know, so whether you like the ending or not will determine on how much closure you need. I am grateful there was not a long exposition sequence, like recently reviewed Before I Wake, so maybe I am just being picky

> In many ways, this had the same need to pay attention to smaller details as Coherence, a 2013 sci-fi(ish) horror(ish) film. They are entirely different in subject matter (or are they?!), but the overall atmosphere was similar, as was the idea of not being around the people you think

Should you see this film: Yes. Fantastic chemistry between the main couple, and tense story pacing make this a film I wish I had not overlooked. Ensure you don’t do the same.

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